When my husband I were trying to figure out what to name our daughter, we devised an unconventional plan ...
Momlogic's Annie: It was very important to me for my daughter's last name to be hyphenated. My husband agreed -- she equally came from both parents, we do our best to split the parenting responsibilities and we want her to know that men are not more important than women.
The issue isn't people's judgments, scrutiny and constant comments. It's that my husband and I both have sort of wacky last names and with the hyphenation, she now has a five syllable surname. So we were faced with a dilemma reminiscent of a famous and often grating song, "John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt." We didn't want her name to be his name too.
We came up with a plan. We gave her a first name, her hyphenated last name and as for her middle name? Well, she'll get to choose her own for her 12th birthday. Why at 12 you ask? Well, we both remember middle school being the hardest time growing up. You are so insecure about every element of your being -- just imagine being able to pick your own name!
We don't know yet if she's going to be a fan of this plan -- she's only 16 months old. If she's not, she can remain middle nameless like many who walked earth before her. We are hoping, of course, that she's spends years trying on different names, figuring out what best fits her. We imagine we'll march as a family into city hall, proudly presenting loads of paperwork, ready to experience a memorable moment in her life. And of course, we're hoping she doesn't name her self "I-Have-Corny-Parents."
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